Journalists, Politicians Praise Two-Day NBA Strike As Historic, ‘Courageous’

Journalists, Politicians Praise Two-Day NBA Strike As Historic, ‘Courageous’

The NBA elected to continue its season after Thursday despite signals from journalists, politicians, and other public figures that the players’ two-day strike was a memorable movement in sports history. 

The decision comes just one day after the Milwaukee Bucks failed to come onto the court to play game five of their playoff series and both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers pledged to conclude their season early in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibits “strikes, cessations or stoppages of work” by members of the Players Association. The contract also specifically expects the Players Association, which came out in support of the strike on Wednesday, to “prevent each player from refusing, or threatening to refuse, to participate in any scheduled Exhibition game, Regular Season game, All-Star Game, Rookie-Sophomore Game, All-Star Skills Competition or Playoff game.”

Although many players participated in strikes violating this agreement, journalists from MSNBC, Politico, and other national news corporations took to Twitter on Wednesday claiming the Bucks’ and others’ refusal to play was a significant moment in the history of sports. Some even likened the players’ protest to the quest by Muhammad Ali, a professional boxer, to refuse to fight in the Vietnam War. 

Other notable people such a former President Barack Obama also expressed their support of the movement, claiming it took “courage” to protest and calling the work stoppage “taking action” to “stand up for our values.” 

When the league decided to move forward with their schedule after Thursday, many of these same blue checkmarks were silent on the supposedly historical decision from Wednesday.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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